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Lights Out, Tokyo—It's Going to Be a Hot One

Government asks 37M residents to use less electricity to avoid power outages amid heat wave

(Newser) - Temps in Japan usually hover below 85 degrees Fahrenheit in the month of June, but a heat wave that's descended upon Tokyo and surrounding areas has led the government to plead with 37 million residents to switch off their lights to avoid power outages. The BBC reports that the...

Puerto Rico's 'Fragile' Grid Sees Major Blackout After Fire

More than 1 million customers are without power across the island

(Newser) - More than a million customers in Puerto Rico remained without electricity on Thursday after a fire at a main power plant caused the biggest blackout so far this year across the US territory, forcing it to cancel classes and shutter government offices. The blackout also left some 160,000 customers...

Powerful Storm Brings Snow, Ice, Even a Tornado

Severe winter weather across wide swath of US leaves 350K homes, businesses without power

(Newser) - About 350,000 homes and businesses lost power across the US on Thursday as freezing rain and snow weighed down tree limbs and encrusted power lines, part of a winter storm that caused a deadly tornado in Alabama, dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of the Midwest,...

It Just Gets Better: Houston Utility Sends Out $200K Bills

CenterPoint Energy says power outage caused a computer problem

(Newser) - By this point, at least 27,000 Houston natural gas customers must wonder if they're the butt of a cosmic joke. They received email notifications Thursday that their CenterPoint Energy bill was ready, and that it was $202,102.16. So not only are people trying to survive without...

Twitter Thread Goes Viral With Tips for Freezing Texans

Towels, blankets, pantyhose, pool noodles, even your own armpits can prove invaluable

(Newser) - As a writer living in Michigan, Rebecca Mix is no stranger to winter storms and the resulting power outages. That's why she decided to share her tips for keeping as toasty and safe as possible when you've got no heat, no electricity, and perhaps no water, per Digg...

Ted Cruz Controversy Unfolds on Twitter
Ted Cruz:
Yes, I Flew
to Cancun


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Ted Cruz: Yes, I Flew to Cancun

Texas senator says he accompanied daughters to be a 'good dad' amid state's winter emergency

(Newser) - Texans have lots of questions on their minds these days. When will the heat come back on ? Will we run out of water ? And now, where's Ted? That would be Sen. Ted Cruz, who confirmed on Thursday that he flew to Cancun with his family amid the...

In Texas, a Dire Situation for Hospitals
Amid Texas Chaos,
a New Calamity

Amid Texas Chaos, a New Calamity

Hospitals are running out of water

(Newser) - The chaos in Texas amid freezing weather that has left millions in the cold and dark has made its way to the state's hospitals. One issue that has caused things to become especially dire at medical centers: a lack of running water, resulting in problems ranging from low water...

Texas Mayor Tells People They're on Their Own in Outage, Resigns

Tim Boyd's online rant said Colorado City owes citizens 'NOTHING' during power outage

(Newser) - A Texas mayor has relinquished the reins of his post as a now-deleted Facebook post on the state's power outages continues to make its rounds via screenshots . Ex-Colorado City Mayor Tim Boyd was apparently upset after residents reached out to him about their electricity and water outages, and he...

Northeast Braces for Possible 'Bomb Cyclone'

Some areas could see double-digit snowfall levels in area's first major snowstorm of the season

(Newser) - The Northeast's first major snowstorm of the season is set to blanket multiple states over the weekend, with strong winds, anticipated snowfall in the double digits, heavy rains, and power outages in some areas. The weather event may even turn into a "bomb cyclone," which occurs when...

Hanna Floods Streets, Knocks Out Power in Texas

Now a tropical storm, its winds are still close to 50mph

(Newser) - A day after roaring ashore as a hurricane, Hanna lashed the Texas Gulf Coast on Sunday with high winds and drenching rains that destroyed boats, flooded streets, and knocked out power across a region already reeling from a surge in coronavirus cases, the AP reports. Downgraded to a tropical storm,...

California Is Going Dark Again
California Is Going Dark Again

California Is Going Dark Again

Hundreds of thousands expected to be affected by power outages amid fire fears

(Newser) - The state's largest utility said it will go ahead with widespread blackouts affecting nearly half a million people starting Wednesday as dangerous fire weather returns to California. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said it would begin precautionary power shutoffs in the afternoon affecting nearly 180,000 homes and businesses...

Power Outages Slam Most of Venezuela

The capital Caracas was a mess during Thursday's rush hour

(Newser) - Venezuela has been plagued by confusion and violence over the past few weeks, and now a new problem is exacerbating things: power outages across most of the country. The AP reports that blackouts have hit 22 of the country's 23 states, slamming the capital of Caracas at rush hour...

Elon Musk Has a Big Offer for Australia

It even comes with a money-back guarantee

(Newser) - Elon Musk may be just one of several entrepreneurs to claim he can solve power shortages causing blackouts in south Australia, but he's definitely the most confident. On Thursday night, he promised he could get it done in 100 days or the system he'd build is free, reports...

This $1.4B Warship Doesn't Work in Warm Water

British destroyer basically loses all power while sailing in Persian Gulf

(Newser) - Crew members in the British Royal Navy keep coming up against a pesky, possibly dangerous Achilles' heel as their $1.4 billion warships cruise through the Persian Gulf: warm waters. Water temps there can hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and that's causing the ships to lose power, CNN reports. During...

Monkey See, Monkey Fall, Monkey Cause National Blackout

Primate that fell on transformer is lucky to be alive

(Newser) - A "rogue" operative caused a nearly four-hour power outage across Kenya on Tuesday, the BBC reports. That agent of blackout chaos: a monkey that fell onto a transformer of the country's leading electric power-generating company, per the AP . In a statement on its Facebook page , accompanied by a...

Runaway Blimp Causes Power Outages in Pennsylvania

Unmanned Army blimp broke loose from its moorings

(Newser) - An unmanned Army surveillance blimp broke loose from its moorings in Maryland and floated over Pennsylvania for hours Wednesday with two US fighter jets on its tail, triggering blackouts across the countryside as it dragged its cable across power lines. The bulbous, 240-foot helium-filled blimp finally came down near Muncy,...

583K Still Have No Power After Ice Storm

And some may have to wait for weekend to get it back

(Newser) - Utility crews were working feverishly to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in Pennsylvania and surrounding states that were still in the dark and cold today after an ice storm knocked out electricity to more than a million customers, damage one official likened to that from...

Power Outages Dragging On in Maine, Michigan

It may not be until Friday or Saturday until lights come back on

(Newser) - Some homes and businesses from Maine to Michigan and into Canada that have been without electricity since last weekend's ice storm may not get their power back for another day—or longer. Bangor Hydro Electric in Maine is advising people it will be the end of the day Friday...

Sandy Death Toll Hits 26; State-By-State Updates

With a lion's share of casualties in New York

(Newser) - The East Coast is picking up the pieces and searching for bodies in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, even as states further inland brace for impact. The total US death toll is up to at least 26, according to CNN , including at least 10 in New York City alone, and...

Aging US Power Grid Is Failing
 Aging US Power Grid Is Failing 

Aging US Power Grid Is Failing

Power outages becoming increasingly critical problem

(Newser) - The power towers in Ritchie County, West Virginia, were designed to withstand winds far in excess of 70 mph. But when winds that strong swept through on June 29, it knocked out four towers in a row. "I don't remember a time when this many came down,"...

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